Wednesday, April 23, 2014

This Life We Live

Every time I plug in the camera or phone I find evidence that life is great. 

There are moments when life isn't so great but whenever I look through our pictures or blog posts my heart is so full of gratitude for this life that we get to live. 

We have two beautiful children...

We have friends…

And our kids have friends...

We love where we live...

And I have a spouseman that I adore (and that adores me even more!)

*Of course we have so much more to be grateful for but these were just the pictures from the last time I plugged in Jake's phone. 

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

Spring Break & Company BBQ

They've been gone for over 2 weeks but it's still worth mentioning that three of my siblings and my mom came to visit us for their Spring break. Everett was so excited… and I knew he would be… so I didn't even tell him that they were coming until the day before. 

We went to the mall, out for ice cream, to the temple, to the splash pad and to Jake's company picnic while they were here. 

It was the classic balloon-tying-face-painting-bounce-house-hamburgers-hotdogs kind of picnic. 

Breckie got a Minnie Mouse balloon headband. She actually kept it on for a long time. 

Braxton ended up with some crazy awesome alien. 

There were a few rounds of tug-of-war...

… Breckie and I even got a little cartoon drawing of us. 

It was really nice to have my family here for a visit. They've come to visit at least 8 or 9 times since we've lived in AZ and it's been great! Effie graduates from high school in May so we'll travel to Colorado to see her give a valedictorian speech and all. 

Should be fun!

Monday, April 21, 2014

Everett's Chalkboard

Everett is starting to write his name VERY well and draw pictures. It's the best thing ever! I honestly wasn't even in the same room when he wrote his name. It is flawless!! 

And he drew our family too. What a sweet boy!!

Sunday, April 20, 2014

Easter Picnic

We made our way up to Glendale for an Easter picnic with my Dad and Kelly yesterday morning. We had SUCH a good time.

My Dad gave a little Easter lesson and then we headed to the park for a picnic. 

My Dad has fond memories of his family Easter picnics when he was a kid. He said that some years they would have it in the desert and some years it was in the mountains but every year they had fried chicken and baked beans. 

Well, we didn't have fried chicken and baked beans but we did have a delicious lunch and an egg hunt afterwards. 

Breckie got a thorn stuck in her shoe so she abandoned her bucket and played on the slide with her Grandparents instead.

Meanwhile, Everett was busy counting his eggs….

Later we went across the street and fed the ducks… and pigeons, fish, geese, and turtles!

After a while we went back to Kelly's house and played Candyland and Kelly brought out some of her vintage little tikes toys. The kids loved them! We had such a good time. Everett was SO sad to go home!!

This morning we went to church and Breckie puked all over Jake for the third Sunday in a row. Luckily we made it through the first hour but I was sad Everett would miss his Easter lesson in primary. But he was tired and whiny and was being pretty naughty anyways. 

Later we went to the park to have one last egg hunt to hide some things that the other grandparents sent. 

It was pretty warm and time to head home so we took our family Easter picture….

Haha, at least it catches real life moments. 

(Lucky kids have such good grandparents!!)

Easter is always a special time when we get together with family and celebrate Christ's resurrection. This year was no different; in fact, it was probably one of our best Easters yet!